Fentress Bracewell died on Wednesday at the age of 85. The Houston law firm he established, now known as Bracewell & Giuliani, has thrived for more than 60 years. In 1945, after graduating from Baylor Law School, Bracewell joined his father, a brother, Searcy, who later became a Texas state senator, and Bert H. Tunks, who later became a state district judge, in starting the firm Bracewell & Tunks. In 1966, the partners adopted the name Bracewell & Patterson, recognizing partner Harry W. Patterson, who joined the firm in 1951. In 2005, when former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined the firm, the partners adopted the name Bracewell & Giuliani. "He had the best seats in the house," Tom Phillips, Bracewell’s son-in-law and former chief justice to the Texas Supreme Court, told the Houston Chronicle. Phillips was talking about Bracewell’s perch in Houston’s Astrodome but the same could have been said about his place in the Texas legal community.
-- Miriam Rozen